Milan Design Week 2017: Lee Broom's "Time Machine"
Within an abandoned vaulted storage room next to the historic Milano Centrale station, a white carousel spun—the only object in a raw, unfinished space. On that carousel, visitors found reimaginings of furniture, objects and lighting drawn from ten...
Milan Design Week 2017: Formafantasma's Imaginative Lighting
by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick "We’re not one of those people who say ‘less is more,'" Andrea Trimarchi of Italian design duo Formafantasma explains. His partner Simone Farresin agrees. "Actually, no," he says. "Not at all." Trimarchi completes the...
Designers Claire Norcross and Marie-Laure Giroux have returned with their third iteration of Plumen, an exquisite low energy LED bulb in hybrid lamp form. At the core of the bulb, a faceted gold element yields warm, omnidirectional light. At its center...
Ghost Candle Holder
Copenhagen's Studio Arhoj are masters at combining minimal design with cute characters to create homewares you actually want on display. Spooky but sweet, their ghost candle-holders are hand-cast and glazed in transparent porcelain and add warm light...
Steel Wire Flare Cage Light
Toronto-based Shelter Bay—just founded in 2015—offers hand-welded steel wire cages and elegant spun steel shades (plus a combination of both) to pair with lightbulbs for a beautiful design occasion. The flare cage reminds us of a billowing skirt, and...
BioLite PowerLight Mini
BioLite became leaders in the cooking and charging market thanks to their nifty wood burning CampStove (with portable grill) that generates electricity. For 2016, they now offer a lighter, battery-powered version called the CookStove for those...
"Gluttony" (2011) by English jill-of-all-trades Amanda Eliasch is part of her "Peccadilloes" series which also includes neon art representations of the other deadly sins: Lust, Pride, Wrath, Envy, Greed and Sloth. "Gluttony" finds itself most endearing...
In classic Herman Miller style, the Ode Lamp (available in desk or floor sizes and colors) is minimalism and function executed to perfection. The sophisticated lamp is a little space-age—you even turn it off by touching the stem—but also delightfully...
Designer Alice Min Soo Chun’s SolarPuff is an origami-like lamp that can be folded down for ultra-portability. When expanded, the charming, cubic lamp can emit eight to 12 hours of bright white light—all powered completely through solar energy. Keep...
Portable Lighting with the Luminoodle
The Salt Lake City, UT-based team Power Practical has some inventive battery-charging solutions under their belt, from their debut product PowerPot (a camping pot that charges your mobile devices as you boil water, thanks to thermoelectric technology...
Voltaic Systems' Shine Solar
Voltaic Systems made their debut in solar technologies over a decade ago when they introduced the first Solar Backpack—a bag we were impressed with, we announced it before there were any actually in stock. Fortunately, our eagerness allowed them...
Feltmark's New Wald HI•LO Plug Lamp
LA-based design studio Feltmark initially made waves with their first iteration of the Wald Plug Lamp, a beautifully refined, space-saving fixture that extends directly from a power socket. Their latest update comes in the form of the Wald...
Dyson Expands into Lighting
Entering a new sector—the fifth in their iconic repertoire—the industrial designers at Dyson, helmed by founder Sir James Dyson, have acquired a lighting division, founded by James' son Jake. The younger Dyson has spent 10 years working in the...
Solar on the Move with Sun King PRO
As solar cells have become more durable, compact, efficient and cheap to produce, the technology has gradually found its way into a greater number of consumer products. From backpacks to watches , harnessing the sun's energy has never been more...
Knog's Expose Smart Light for iPhone
Despite smartphone camera capabilities encroaching upon and even surpassing the bulk of point-and-shoot cameras on the market, our digital Swiss army knives still have some hardware weak points—even the almighty iPhone. Melbourne, Australia-based...
The Ricky Bag with Light
Ralph Lauren brings their classic Ricky Bag into the future with the addition of four discreet LED lights (which activate when it's opened) and an integrated USB port to charge your phone on the go. This bag, and its Bentley-like features, are the...
Royal College of Art alums Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby may be best known for designing the 2012 Olympic torch, but the industry vets—who teamed up in 1998—have a diverse portfolio of bespoke objects. One such is Lanterne Marine, a hand-blown sculptural...
Smartphone Light Meter
This light meter plugs directly into your iPhone, bringing a new world of possibility to the professional photographer. Boasting highly accurate readings, Lumu also connects to a companion app that gives ideal parameters for your photos so you can...
A graceful equine tail that emits light creates an unexpectedly crisp fixture in a sophisticated decor scheme. The Horsehair Sconce by Apparatus Studio evokes something that seems almost alive, yet sturdy in its mounted position.
Interview: Aesthetics and Therapeutics Lab
by Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi The last time CH spoke with video artist Jakob LeBaron Dwight, he remarked on the effects of light entrainment on the brain and the possible restorative value of light in the context of art. Dwight’s body of work has...
Qudos by Knog: A Prim and Powerful GoPro Light
GoPros have changed the way people shoot and share footage. Whether you're strapping yourself up with weatherproof HD cameras for a powder day, looking for a new angle on a shoot, or just messing around with friends, the applications for the ubiquitous...
An iconic invention gets a counterintuitive nod from Dutch designer Jeroen van Leur with his B Light candle, a wax version of the classic lightbulb. Cast in natural beeswax, the B comes in a set of three.